"But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
Luke 18:16-17 (NIV)
As a church and a denomination we value intergenerational ministry and the practice of engaging all ages in all kinds of worship. Intergenerational worship is a biblically-based practice of gathering the whole church body together to worship God. Not every person needs to understand everything that is occurring, but all the generations are engaged either simultaneously or at different times throughout worship. Worshiping together not only gives children models of worshipful behavior in adults, but also infuses worship with the gifts the children bring, such as: spontaneity, thanksgiving, enthusiasm, simplicity, and hope. According to 1 Corinthians 12:14-22, we are one body, made up of many parts. All are needed and all are indispensable. As one body we intentionally encourage the presence, engagement, and voice of all generations within the ministries of the church and recognize that shared ministry leads to shared story and shared identity as the body of Christ.